UN Renewal

Our programme on UN development system renewal is premised on the hypothesis that while the world at large has experienced significant developments, especially during the past two decades, the UN development system has not sufficiently transformed or evolved. This programme is designed to serve as a catalyst for renewal of the UN development system and as an advocate for effective multilateral solutions to major challenges at national and international levels.

Two distinct strands of activities characterise the implementation of our work in this area. The first is to gather and disseminate necessary information through studies on relevant topics. The second strand is to serve as a bridge-builder and convener of informal briefings, seminars and consultations with key stakeholders in the UN development system, namely member states, civil society actors and UN development system representatives themselves.Some of the key questions we are addressing within the framework of the programme are: the purpose and functions, the financing, the governance and the partnerships of the UN development system all with the objective of having as effective UN development system as possible.

We aim to deliver a set of recommendations to the UN management on how to realize the renewal of the development system. The aim is to reposition the UN’s development work so that it has a clear value added in all member states.



Global Norms: Building an Inclusive Multilateralism

A revitalised multilateral agenda must be built on the back of a strong, inclusive normative framework.


Norms back in the spotlight

At the heart of Europe’s centre for international governance, the Foundation organised a conference on the UN’s normative role in an ever more complex world....


Can Agenda 2030 change the norm?

If the UN wants to advance sustainable development and achieve the 2030 Agenda it needs to zero in on its normative work.


The UN’s Normative Role in an Agenda 2030 World

A conference organised together with the Graduate Institute of Geneva seeking to generate forward-looking ideas about the UN’s normative work.


Bringing multilateralism back to the future

Lisa Orrenius argues that the world is in need of a multilateralism that builds on the past but is fit for the future.


Toward a new multilateralism

A paper on optimising the multilateral development system in an increasingly complex world.